Markham farmer 'shocked and saddened' after looters take pumpkins
The pumpkin patch at Reesor's Farm Market (Facebook/Reesor Farm Market)
The owner of a Markham, Ont., farm says he is "shocked and saddened" after thieves snuck onto his property on Thanksgiving and looted the pumpkin patch.
In a Facebook post, Jay Reesor, one of the owners of Reesor's Farm Market, said a number of people broke into his farm's pumpkin patch on Monday, while it was closed for the holiday.
"Some people entered our pumpkin fields and corn maze while we were closed for the Thanksgiving Monday," Reesor wrote online. "We were shocked and saddened to learn that people were taking our pumpkins."
Over the weekend, a number of photos emerged on social media, appearing to show people taking pumpkins from the farm.
According to Reesor, the pumpkin raid only stopped after onlookers phoned the police to help clear the field.
In his Facebook post, Reesor thanked those who contacted the police, and said he was grateful for the community members who have reached out to support him and his farm.
Many loyal customers and neighbours left messages for Reesor on the farm's Facebook page, offering donations, words of encouragement, and promises to stop by and shop at the farm's market.
"I'm so sorry to hear this. I'll be sure to make an extra trip to your farm before the end of season. My family has been customers of the farm my whole life, and we are truly saddened by this news," one Facebook comment read.
"Please know that your customers support you and all the local farmers," another commenter said. "You feed our families."
Responding to the outpouring of support, Reesor wrote online: "Many thanks for the warm wishes of support today … Maybe some good can come from this yet."
Many thanks for the warm wishes of support today after some people entered our pumpkin fields and corn maze while we...Posted by Reesor Farm Market on Monday, 12 October 2015